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October 11, 2021

Hate to Cook? 10 Ways to Eat Healthy Without Ever Chopping a Vegetable

It’s not easy to eat healthy, but it is vital for our health. Even for the most accomplished cooks, cooking can be a time-consuming, energy-intensive and messy task. I refuse to chop vegetables for my own consumption, and I am a chef so I can sympathize with those who don’t want to do it or lack the skills necessary to make it easy.

Due to my desire to eat healthy and my malaise about cooking, I have spent a lot of time trying to figure out how I can eat the way that I want, without having to spend more time in my kitchen. This information, like all good lessons learned, deserves to be shared. Here are my top 10 tips for eating well without cooking.

Single Ingredient Healthy Snacks

A single apple per day won’t keep the doctor away but it can provide important nutrients like fiber, quercetin and pectin. This is because what we do to foods in processing can make them unhealthy, not their raw ingredients. A focus on one ingredient will ensure that you get a nutritious snack when you feel the munchies. This is a great opportunity to think outside of the box. I like eating yellow and orange bell peppers whole, just like apples.

Easier Ingredients

Convenience food has come a long ways. Pre-cut and precooked food used to be filled with chemicals that kept it fresh or altered its flavor. Now, consumers can enjoy a wide variety of unadulterated options. You can think of cooked grains that need to be heated, snacks, and eggs that have been hard-boiled.

Meal Prep Delivery

You have more options for healthy meal delivery than ever. Either opt for boxed fresh ingredients with instructions, or skip the oven and choose pre-cooked meals. Many meal services offer a variety of nutrition profiles to suit specific needs. There are also many generically healthy and fresh ingredient-focused services. You’ll find small businesses in your area that offer meal preparation services if you want to help them.

Grocery Store Food Bars

A grocery store salad bar used to be something you had to avoid. These days, they are just as good and healthier than takeout. The hot and cold bars at health food stores offer affordable options for everything, from premade dinner dishes to organic rotisserie chicken. You can also find protein snacks or single-ingredient produce at these stores.

Smarter Takeout And Dining

Stop beating yourself up about ordering food. It’s something we all do and it’s something we enjoy. It doesn’t matter what you eat. It’s likely that something you love tastes amazing, but it’s probably high in oil/butter, sugar, salt, or both. This will confirm your intuition that it isn’t healthy. It doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s unhealthy or unhealthful. However, it does indicate that it is delicious and something you should enjoy. But be mindful of what the ingredients are. There are many healthy restaurants in major cities, and sometimes even suburbs. You can view everything from the ingredient lists to the macronutrient breakdowns.

Choose vegetable-forward dishes that are low in sauces and high-quality proteins to ensure you eat healthy takeout. Remember that American portions are often huge. You can save your leftovers for a later meal that is ready and waiting for the rest of you.

Freezer Power

It is easy to forget the value of freezers. The convenience of buying frozen vegetables after blanching saves money. If you feel the urge to make a soup, stew, or casserole, it is possible to freeze individual portions and thaw them for many months.

Redefine Healthy Meals

It’s fine to grab some protein, produce, or carbs and then eat them as is. As a meal, I eat cheese, crackers and some fruit. You should be more intentional about what you eat and make sure you have a plate. This will allow you to see the ingredients and let you relax. This is something I do. If you feel content sitting at your computer, or on your couch, with food in your hand, it’s okay. As long as you are careful about how much you eat.

Make It Social

People used to trade everything, from livestock to crops, because they didn’t have the time or resources to meet all their nutritional needs. Although we won’t return to this mindset any time soon, we can eat healthier if we adopt a community-oriented approach. This could mean shopping with friends, cooking together, or prepping smoothie breakfasts for a week in a friend’s home. Rotating the prep can allow you to put in more time one week, and let your friend do the same the next.

Keep Realistic Healthy Foods On Hand

Dried beans are more affordable and have more nutrients than canned. But what are the chances that you will soak them overnight, then boil them for an additional hour the next day? A realistic pantry is better than an ideal one. This will allow you to eat healthier and save time. Make sure you know your preferences and tastes so that you can stock the right amount. Buy salted nuts if you don’t like unsalted nuts. They are far healthier than nuts that remain in their cupboards for too long.

Be Portable

It is not uncommon (and certainly not shameful!) to make poor choices when you are feeling hungry. You can put that feeling behind you and carry easy snacks such as granola bites or a piece of fruit for quick grab-and-go snacking. Over the years, I have given more almonds out of my purse than I can remember to friends. We made better dining decisions because we didn’t feel so hungry for food.